The Washington Capitals are back in Tampa after dropping their last two games at home. The Tampa Bay Lightning have evened the series at two, setting up a crucial Game 5 on Saturday night. One of these teams will be one win away from a trip to the Stanley Cup Final at the end of the night while the other will be just one loss away from a summer vacation they didn’t necessarily want to start yet. Here is how the Caps will line up for this all-important game, based on line rushes from morning skate at Amalie Arena.
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Here’s how the lines looked at morning skate:
Starter’s net: Braden Holtby
Nicklas Backstrom reunites with the second line. Lars Eller moves back to center the third line. Jakub Vrana moves down to the third line while Chandler Stephenson moves up to the second line. Alex Chiasson is back in the lineup.
Andre Burakovsky is the odd man out. In Burakovsky’s four games since returning to action after an upper-body injury, he had no points and just two shots on goal.
No changes to the defensive pairs.
On special teams there could be a few changes to the power play
Look for some interesting changes to the Caps PP tonight. They’ve gone through a few different looks, including Ovechkin on the right side. Oshie was manning the point briefly. Could be some more movement introduced.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) May 19, 2018
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